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Is atherosclerosis from fatty deposit build up? How do chunks break off?

Is atherosclerosis from fatty deposit build up? How do chunks break off?

Plaque rupture: Atherosclerosis is deposition of cholesterol within the wall if the artery. When it becomes large enough it can break though the surface and release small particles into the blood stream. These particles travel into the next organ in line (brain:stroke) (heart : mi) and can cause the whole artery to thrombose. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible ...Read more


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What is the main culprit in causing plaque build up in arteries when it comes to food content - saturated fat or cholesterol?

What is the main culprit in causing plaque build up in arteries when it comes to food content  - saturated fat or cholesterol?

Both.: Generally speeking saturated fat and cholesterol levels in one's diet corrolate very well with each other, or (again generally speaking) when one goes up they both go up. From that stanpoint, minimizing either should result in a favorable effect. ...Read more

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How long does the heart have before the arteries get clogged up from greasy food?

How long does the heart have before the arteries get clogged up from greasy food?

No definitive answer: Foods high in fat content are processed differently by different people. Depending on their ability to process them by the liver and that depends on genetics. Also, there is more to clogging up arteries than just diet. Exercise, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, cholesterol level, and stress can also cause different amounts of plaques in the arteries in different people based on genetics. ...Read more

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How to break down the other stuff from dieting?

How to break down the other stuff from dieting?

I know: what this SHOULD mean, but not entirely sure what you are asking. Mainly you should be asking about the psychoolgical triggers to overeating and the contribution of exercise (200-600 cal per hr). The best source on the psychological aspects is about to be available.. and it's fun too. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1775472781/1708440999?token=378a5145 ...Read more

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How to stop tiny scars from filling up with white stuff.

How to stop tiny scars from filling up with white stuff.

Keep wound clean.: It sounds like the woulds are becoming infected. Keep any would clean is important. Soap and water is usually sufficient but if not consider an antibacterial soap. Off the shelf Hydrogen Peroxide flushes 2 - 3 times a day would help. ...Read more

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8 month old got debris from hardwood flooring - not actually wood but hardened top coat- lodged between nail and nail bed. Attempt to remove from dr who used nail bed raiser just pushed it further. Can I just let it grow out? No pain.

8 month old got debris from hardwood flooring - not actually wood but hardened top coat- lodged between nail and nail bed. Attempt to remove from dr who used nail bed raiser just pushed it further. Can I just let it grow out? No pain.

Options: One option may be letting it work its way out if there is no infection., The other is to have it surgically removed by creating a small V in the nail and directly removing it in an exposed position.. Forceps have a tendency to advance foreign bodies. Keep the area clean and make sure immunizations are current. All the best. ...Read more

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Could it happen that a fall causes a plaque build up in an artery to break off and cause a complete blockage?

Could it happen that a fall causes a plaque build up in an artery to break off and cause a complete blockage?

No: A mechanical fall does not cause arterial plaque to rupture and cause an embolism. However, if someone experienced an embolism to the brain, lung, or leg it could cause a sudden loss of strength and that could cause a fall. ...Read more

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What does a 0%EF rate mean on HIDAscan? does it mean that bile is just building up in my GB. will the bile build up cause it to rupture. no stones.

What does a 0%EF rate mean on HIDAscan? does it mean that bile is just building up in my GB. will the bile build up cause it to rupture. no stones.

It means that: your gallbladder didn't contract normally in response to the CCK injection. The degree of contraction is calulated as the Ejection Fraction(EF, normal greater than 40%). Low EF usually implies Functional Gallbaldder Disorder in the absence of other findings. Your gallbladder will not rupture under these circumstances, eventually some emptying will occur. ...Read more

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Is it ok to squeeze a calcium deposit under the skin and expell the white paste inside? What causes them and how can you keep them away?

Is it ok to squeeze a calcium deposit under the skin and expell the white paste inside?  What causes them and how can you keep them away?

Is this a cyst?: It may be more likely that this is a common cyst and the material you express is not calcium. Calcium deposits don't really come out of the skin like that. Seeing your doctor will help determine what you have. ...Read more

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How will plaque build up on the artery walls?

How will plaque build up on the artery walls?

Various ways: you might mean this: damage to the walls causes plaque. Hi blood pressure, cigarettes, high choleserol cause damage and plaques. The way in which it builds up is gradually over years. ...Read more

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How come it takes so long for arteries to block up from plaque even when you hsve all the risk factors?

How come it takes so long for arteries to block up from plaque even when you hsve all the risk factors?

Luck: good vs bad: There are many factors that go into blocking an artery, including good vs bad luck. Even with many risk factors, you may not suffer from clinically apparent disease while others w/just one risk might suffer a catastrophic event. Slow build up of plaque takes time while abrupt plaque rupture is almost instantaneous. Regardless, it's best to reduce/optimize all risk factors as best as possible. ...Read more

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What is a good way to remove dead, hard, skin from feet (and keep it from coming back)?

What is a good way to remove dead, hard, skin from feet (and keep it from coming back)?

Urea cream: Urea cream (like Aqua Care or Carmol 20 ) can be used to soften hard skin to allow it to be shed. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between DHT crystals and hardened sebum. Rapid hair thin/loss in two months. Shrugged off as dandruff/telogen effluvium.

How do I tell the difference between DHT crystals and hardened sebum. Rapid hair thin/loss in two months. Shrugged off as dandruff/telogen effluvium.

You can't ??: DHT (dihydrotestosterone) seems to play a significant role in the development of androgenic alopecia, but it would be very difficult to identify it, or to separate it from sebum, a surface skin layer of dead skin cells & debris. DHT is probably mixed in with the sebum. Oral medications such as finasteride can inhibit DHT/only approved for males. Topicals/shampoos benefit unsubstantiated. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of plaque, and also prevent more plaque from forming on my teeth?

How can I get rid of plaque, and also prevent more plaque from forming on my teeth?

Brush & Floss: Brush your teeth after every meal. Floss once of twice daily. Use a mouth rinse, like ACT, twice daily. Visit dentist at least twice yearly for professional cleanings and assessments. Avoid sweets in general. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more